Tools for Advocates

Perspectives from the Field – Foster Club

Ryan Cummings, Alexander Mcfarland, and Ashley Kuber are foster care alumni who have become national advocates for child welfare reform and participated in the Fosterclub All Star Internship, a program that prepares former foster youth to become leaders. SPARC interviewed these young people to learn what they believe is the best way to engage young...
Podcast Series - Perspectives from the Field

Podcast Series – Perspectives from the Field

SPARC has launched a podcast series spotlighting leaders in the field of talking about the issues child welfare advocates care about. Listen and engage.

Perspectives from the Field – Terry Cross

Terry Cross is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is the developer, founder, and executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He has four decades of experience in child welfare, including 10 years working directly with children and families, and he is a national leader on culturally competent systems...

Perspectives from the Field – Dr. Mark Courtney

Mark Courtney is a Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Courtney and University of Chicago colleague Amy Dworsky led the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth, widely cited as an authoritative assessment of the adult functioning of former foster children. SPARC interviewed Professor Courtney during...

Perspectives from the Field Podcast Series

In 2014, SPARC began conducting a series of podcast interviews with members of its advisory board and other experts in the field of child welfare. These interviews provide state advocates with unique perspectives from leaders in the field about what they can promote to improve outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare...